From Rags to Riches to Redskins to Rags All Over Again

Justin September 3, 2009 1

The NFL and its member organizations have struck another blow in their  apparent effort to become the professional sports league most blind to the economic realities facing fans in this country.

 Since 1962, Pat Hill has been a Redskins fan.  She still is even though they sued her and won when she couldn't make payments on a 10-yr contract for Redskins season tickets. She's a 73-year-old realtor and making $400 a month in social security after the housing crash. Hill on her couch, among a small sampling of her memorabilia, uses tissues to wipe the tears while she recalls the lawsuit. She's hoping Dan Snyder will listen to her story and her willingness to pay when the recession has passed.

The Washington Post brings us the story of a longtime Redskins fan, forced into chapter 11 by the team she’s spent her life supporting. (THEY MADE AN OLD LADY CRY!!!)

Last year, Hill’s real estate sales were hit hard by the housing market crash, and she told the team that she could no longer afford her $5,300-a-year contract for two loge seats behind the end zone. Hill said she asked the Redskins to waive her contract for a year or two.

The sales office declined.

On Oct. 8, the Redskins sued Hill in Prince George’s County Circuit Court for backing out of a 10-year ticket-renewal agreement after the first year. The team sought payment for every season through 2017, plus interest, attorneys’ fees and court costs.

Hill couldn’t afford a lawyer. She did not fight the lawsuit or even respond to it because, she said, she believes that the Bible says that it is morally wrong not to pay your debts. The team won a default judgment of $66,364.

The paper says they’ve spoken to about two dozen Redskins fans facing similar situations.

Couple this heartwarming story with the news that the league may blackout every Jaguars home game this season, since fans in the economically depressed Florida panhandle have dared choose to buy food, clothing and medicine over tickets to see David Garrard overthrow receivers.

Pretty soon NFL may stand for Needy Fans League. (Get it?)

One Comment »

  1. Craig September 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm -

    Jacksonville is not in the panhandle of Florida. Know your geography!

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